Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a web developer in the United States was $77,200 in May 2020. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,750, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $146,430 per year.
The top paying industry was the publishing industry, where the median annual wage was $123,870. This was followed by computer systems design and related services ($75,540), advertising, public relations and related services ($71,930) and management, scientific and technical consulting services ($70,790).
Autonomy and Flexibility
To begin with, when a web developer lands their first job, they may not feel like that have a huge amount of flexibility or autonomy as it is typical to report to those in more senior roles. Similarly, web developers may find themselves working very long hours at the start of their career.
However, as they progress into more senior positions, they quickly receive more autonomy, responsibility and flexibility. With more experience, nearly all web developers will work independently, and it is not uncommon for them to be self-employed. This gives them the ultimate flexibility and control over their hours, and their decisions.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best state to be a Web developer, based on average annual salary and number of jobs available, are:
- Washington, where the average annual salary is $84,046
- Virginia, where the average annual salary is $75,787
- District of Columbia, where the average annual salary is $79,360
- Wyoming, where the average annual salary is $71,171
- New Mexico, where the average annual salary is $76,624
The worst states to be a web developer, according to Zippia, are Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Louisiana and South Dakota.
The Bureau of Labour Statistics concludes that 17% of web developers in the United States were employed by the computer systems design and related services industry. A further 10% were employed by the publishing industry, 10% by self-employed workers, 5% by management, scientific and technical consulting services, and a final 4% by advertising, public relations, and related services.
Most web developers will work full time. Often, they will work in offices (sat at desks) or independently from home.